i've been travelling a lot in the late 90s and stayed mostly in hostels. my favourite country was (and still is - despite all the bad stories) south africa.
Now i am working as a receptionist and night clerk for over 2.5 years for the same company in berlin, but are more and more dissatisfied with them, but not with the job in general - far from it!
I hope i'll get a new job at a different hostel soon, maybe then i can tell you the whole story:D
I still dream of opening my own hostel somewhere in southern africa or even OZ, but it's hard to finance that from a hostel workers salary ;)
I love this site, it seems to be very helpful and i guess i have to take some days off to read the most important threads